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December 2018

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San Francisco Ballet's Ana Sophia Scheller in Tomasson's Nutcracker. (photo © Erik Tomasson)
 
Terez Dean and Rex Wheeler in Smuin Contemporary Ballet's The Christmas Ballet. Photo credit: Keith Sutter

Updated December 1, 2018
Check with venues for performance, dates and times
Nov 24 - Dec 9
ODC/Dance
The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The Christmas Ballet
25th anniversary season. The 2018 edition returns to many original pieces from founder Michael Smuin plus two festive world premieres.
Dec 1-2
DanceHack Fest 2018
Kinetech Arts in partnership with CounterPulse and Raktor, a two-day event that brings together performers and digital artists to exchange, take risks, and feed on each other’s discipline to explore the intersection of dance and emerging technologies.
CounterPulse, San Francisco
Dec. 2, 3:00-4:30 pm
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
CHIME Live 2018
Choreographers In Mentorship Exchange artists present work developed during the year and share their insights and experiences into mentorship with Margaret Jenkins, other guest artists, and one another, followed by a Q&A with Margaret Jenkins and the CHIME artists. FREE event.
Dec. 5-9
Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The Christmas Ballet
25th anniversary season. The 2018 edition returns to many original pieces from founder Michael Smuin plus two festive world premieres.
Dec. 6-8, 8:00 PM
ODC Theater
Of Iron and Diamonds V3: Alone Together
Choreographer Catherine Galasso in collaboration with composer Dave Cerf. Flips the orientation of the proscenium, placing the audience on the stage and the performers in the seats. Other-worldly dreamscapes give way to volcanic dance numbers.
ODC Theater, San Francisco
Dec 6-8 & 13-15, 8:00 pm
Performing Diaspora
Cynthia Ling Lee: Lost Chinatowns
Melissa Lewis: I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father
CounterPulse, San Francisco
Dec. 7-9
Cal Performances
Pavel Zuštiak and Palissimo Company
Custodians of Beauty
(West Coast Premiere) Choreographer Pavel Zuštiak and his New York City-based Palissimo Company (making its Bay Area debut) ask: Where do we find beauty today, and does it need our defense?
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Dec. 8, 2:00 pm & 7:00pm
Cardinal Ballet Company
The Nutcracker
Stanford University's student ballet company's full-length production. Featuring classical ballet, social dancing, and guest artists.
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University
Dec. 8-23
Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets
10th anniversary of a unique 50-minute version of the Nutcracker specifically designed for families with young children. The production features a live 9-piece chamber orchestra, Brian Fisher (ODC Dance) as Drosselmeyer.
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Dec. 12-29
San Francisco Ballet
Nutcracker
Helgi Tomasson's 2004 production.
Dec. 13-24
Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The Christmas Ballet
25th anniversary season. The 2018 edition returns to many original pieces from founder Michael Smuin plus two festive world premieres.
Dec. 14-15 & 21-23, 2:00 pm & 7:00pm
Menlowe Ballet
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker
All the magic of Nutcracker with inspiration from the 1940s classic film “It’s a Wonderful life”
Dec. 16, 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Moscow Ballet's
Great Russian Nutcracker
Flint Center for the Performing Arts, De Anza College
Dec. 22–23
Oakland Ballet Company
Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
With Oakland Symphony. The Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir joins the orchestra for the Snow Scene closing the first act.
Dec. 22, 2:00 pm
Dec. 23, 2:30 am
Dec. 24, 11:00 pm
Dec. 29, 2:00 pm
Peninsula Ballet Theatre
The Nutcracker 2018

In this version Drosselmeyer is aided by the Fairy of Inspiration. Meet the cast after every performance.
Fox Theatre, Redwood City
Check with theaters for dates and times.

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